Houston County Commission Selection

By: Patrick Claybon
By: Patrick Claybon

The Houston County Commission completed interviews for the chief administrative officer position Wednesday.

The view from the 6th floor of the County Administration Building in downtown Dothan is an impressive one. Almost as impressive as the search for a new chief administrative officer that started in September when Roy Roberts announced his pending retirement.

Commission Chairman Mark Culver said, "Under Mr. Roberts leadership we have developed it into a more management type of position and I think the commission hopes to continue that growth."

Recently, the pool was cut to four candidates who commissioners said separated themselves from the rest of the pack. Following that separation, things went deeper on Tuesday as retired Vice President of Sony Dothan William Dempsey came for an auxiliary interview.

Dempsey said, "It's been an interesting process. The biggest challenge is to get the information to them on a timely basis and to answer any questions they may have."

Commissioners say Dempsey’s years of accounting management at Sony will translate well, although he will go from working with professionals to elected officials, and that transition could be tough for all involved.

District 3 Commissioner Frances Cook said, "I think there will be some adjustments; probably not a whole lot. I think that when they see his heart and that he wants [what’s] best."

It’s still in the air whether the commission will make Dempsey their choice or not, but on Wednesday, when asked about future job positions, he made it clear this is home; ‘this is where I want to be until I retire’.

The County Commission plans to motion and vote on the position in the November 13th meeting, with the first day on the job starting in early December.

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